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2010-11-21 November 21 Bulletin

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Our Church Family

Herman Scholing Sr. continues to receive medical care due to his heart problems. He remains in good spirits and trusts in God’s gracious care each day.

The family of Wigger Meindersma sincerely thanks everyone for sharing their sorrow through the many expressions of sympathy and support. Your thoughtfulness and prayers are greatly appreciated.

Dear Bethel Congregation. We would like to thank you for the love and care shown to us and the cards we received after our brother Wigger’s passing. Gerrit and Dorothy

Congratulations to Lena Spelt as she celebrates her 97th birthday this coming Tuesday, November 23rd and to Bill Noordhof with his 81st birthday on November 27th. May God bless you both with a wonderful day of celebration and be with you in the coming year!

Thank you to all who recently gave financially towards my service with YWAM and my trip to Slovakia! I was extremely blessed by the amount of money that came in. God is good and He always provides! Thank you for being part of it. I will be departing for Eastern Europe on December 4th and returning to Canada on December 15th. The majority of our time will be spent in Presov, Slovakia with a women's professional hockey team there. We plan to be part of Bible studies and also on-ice practices with the team. We will also be working with Athletes in Action in Prague, Czech Republic for a few days at the end of the trip. Please visit my blog at www.kristaprins.blogspot.com for more details. - Krista Prins, YWAM Vancouver

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tony & Henny Middag, Ann Vander Wal,

Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra and Herman Scholing Sr.

Remember our missionaries around the world. 

Bethel News

Congregational Meeting - November 26, 2010: 

Please mark your calendars for the semi-annual congregational meeting of the members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church of Lacombe to be held Friday, November 26, 2010. Contact Paul Prins 403-748-2824 or Donald Wildeboer 403-755-1729 for more information.

Next Sunday, November 28th 

We begin our Advent services in preparation for Christmas. This year’s theme is “Christmas Angels.” The angels transformed the ordinary folk of the Christmas story with their messages of hope as the living God entered this fallen world to bring salvation. In the same way we wish to see the coming of the Christ in that glorious light. We begin reading from Luke 1:5-25, 57-66 (text v 19) as the Holy Angel brings Hope to Zechariah. In the evening we turn to Belgic Confession Article 8, “The Triune God.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

The offering today is for Goats for Tanzania. 

Two weeks ago, Margaret Njuguna, our CRWRC ministry partner in Tanzania, was visiting us here to bring us up to date about her work and the needs in Tanzania. She was extremely concerned about the well being of widows raising children, people living with HIV and Aids, teenage orphans raising their siblings, and families adopting orphans. Giving these people money is not the solution as this creates dependency. She set up a system whereby their needs are met and at the same time they can become financially independent. How? By giving them a goat! Why a goat? They are easy to raise, they are hardy and eat most anything. They are available in most communities. Goats average 1.5 kids per year with quite a few having twins. There is a ready market for goat meat. Goat milk has a very high nutritional value and is considered “medicine” for HIV sufferers, Aids patients and other vulnerable persons. Each female goat gives about 250 litres per year. The milk does not only provide much needed nutrition to enhance their health, but it also increases their income so that the recipients can become financially independent. Those who receive a goat from CRWRC have to give back the first female offspring which is then given to the next person on the waiting list. One goat costs $ 33.00.So, keep the offering in mind for “Goats For Tanzania” to support Margaret in her work to bring hope to the most vulnerable in one of the poorest countries in the world. May God bless your giving!

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples 

Will meet at Jordan & Heather Van Stryland’s after the evening service today. Remember to bring money in for Bijoy!! And make sure you read chapter 3 in your “Crazy Love” book to be ready for the Bible study on December 5th.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will meet this coming Tuesday, November 23rd. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Youth Mexico Mission Trip: 

Plans are underway for a youth mission trip to Mexico during Spring Break 2011.If you are interested in being part of the team, we ask you to prayerfully consider joining us. It is not too late to join the team. Talk to Gerry or Trudy for information and/or a commitment form. Our next meeting is on November 24th at 7:30 pm. Please be there as we will be planning the Sinterklaas bazaar fundraiser.Questions? Call Gerry 403-782-4170 or Trudy 403-782-7378. “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”

Mark 16:15

Calvin College - The Hugh & Eve Meeter Calvinism Awards for High School Seniors 

Are given annually for research papers on a topic dealing with John Calvin or Calvinism. Awards are payable to student tuition accounts at the following colleges: Calvin, Dordt, King's (Canada), Redeemer (Canada), Kuyper, and Trinity Christian. Papers must be postmarked by January 15, 2011. For further information on the awards and research tips and guidelines please visit http://www.calvin.edu/meeter and click on the Fellowships and Scholarships tab or contact the Meeter Center at meeter@calvin.edu or 616.526.7081.


Living Members 

Will meet on November 21st at Harry and Dorothy's place. We will be looking at The Truth Project, Tour # 2; Philosophy and Ethics. Please print the Lesson guide & Discussion questions.

INDEYGO Cookie Dough & Cinnamon/Sticky Buns - ORDER TO ARRIVE! 

Please make arrangements to pick up your Cookie Dough &/or Cinnamon/Sticky Buns on Thursday November 25, 2010 between 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the church. If your order was placed with a GEM, your order will be delivered to you. Thank you for another successful GEMS fundraiser!

Back by Popular Demand: 

The GEMS Counsellors are selling Dutch Cheese again! Order forms are in your mailboxes. Orders must be submitted and paid for by November 28th for delivery on December 12th. Please place orders in Wannetta Branders mailbox. If you have any questions contact Wannetta Brander or Jeanne Ebens.

Seafarers Christmas Boxes: 

We will be collecting gifts for the Seafarers Ministry at Church this year. The deadline will be November 28th. Things to include are a card (enclosed), toothpaste, chocolate, toques, mittens, soap, Canadian souvenirs, shampoo, etc (please no more writing paper or puzzles) Mark the boxes Code A for $10-15 and Code B for $15-20. In addition, if shopping and wrapping are not possible for you, they except donations and volunteers will do that part for you. www.ministrytoseafarers.com

Sinterklass Bazaar-Dutch Luncheon: 

You are all invited!! Please mark your calendars for another Sinterklaas Bazaar to be held on December 4th. Our fun-filled day will start at 10 a.m. with coffee, games and contests for young & old. We have lots of games and prizes for families with young children. There will be a table with baked goodies, so you can stock up on your Christmas needs. Lunch will consist of Dutch items such as pea soup, Dutch meatball soup, croquettes, roggebrood, krentje brei, etc. All funds raised will be used for the Youth Mexico mission trip. Come for a day of fun and fellowship!!


We are looking for donations of new or slightly used small items, toys or gifts to use as prizes for the games at the Sinterklaas Bazaar. If you have any items to donate, please contact Gerry 403-782-4170 or Trudy 403-782-7378.

Community Christmas Dinner: 

Bethel is once again hosting the Community Christmas dinner on Christmas day. This year it will be held in the County Room at the LMC. We are looking for volunteers for food preparation on Christmas eve day from 10 a.m. til noon. A number of volunteers are needed for Christmas day for food preparation, greeters, servers, games coordinator, and meal delivery. Would you be willing to donate a turkey or ham for the Christmas dinner? We are in need of 4 turkeys, 15 to 20 lbs. each and 2 large hams and we hope to purchase the rest of the groceries. If you are able to help out with any number of these positions or would like to donate to the dinner, please phone Jen Zuidhof at 403-782-6672, Jeanne Ebens at 403-782-7872 or Liz Stad at 403-782-3444.

The Central Alberta Christian High School Fall Drive 

Is now underway until December 15th. This year’s goal is $100,000.00. If you have not received a donation form or you have lost your donation form, you may contact Ann Oudman, our school secretary at 403-782-4535, and request one. During the evenings, you may also contact Pete Walls at 403-588-0856 or Wendy Barnes at 403-885-5187 and they will ensure that you receive a new form. Your donations may be mailed to C.A.C.H.S, 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G7: Attention Wendy Barnes, or they may be handed in a sealed envelope to the canvasser who called you.

Wanted: Willing hands to help! 

Rehoboth is in the process of constructing another large capacity cabin at our Camp facility at Gull Lake. During the week of November 22nd, and November 29th we are looking for willing hands to help install insulation, install siding, and do some interior finishing. If you would be willing to help out for a day or two, please contact Kelvin VanDasselaar – Kelvin.vandasselaar@rehoboth.ab.ca or 780-968-8475. Accommodations are available and meals will be provided. Many Hands Make Light Work!!

Day Of Rememberance 

The Lacombe Palliative Care Society invites you and your family to a Day of Remembrance Tea on Sunday, November 28th at St. Andrew’s United Church auditorium, 5226 51 Ave., Lacombe from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., to remember and honour family members who have passed away. There will be a thirty minute service followed by refreshments. As a lasting reminder of your loved one, you may bring a personal tree ornament, preferably unbreakable, to add to the Hospital and Care Centre Christmas Tree.

Out of Darkness: An Evening with K’Naan 

On November 29th, The River Community Church invites you to a dessert night with Canadian musical artist and activist K’Naan. K’Naan is widely known for his song “Wavin’ Flag’ which was the theme song for both the World Cup and Young Artists for Haiti. K’Naan will be sharing his experiences as a Somali refugee and immigrant to Canada. Join us at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton at 7:30 p.m. for what promises to be a fascinating night. Tickets are $40. For more info, see www.rivercommunity.ca. For more information please look for the poster in the foyer bulletin board.

Festival Of Nine Lessons & Carols for Advent & Christmas: 

At the Winspear Centre on Monday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. Please check the poster on the foyer bulletin board for more details.

CACHS Alumni Competitive Volleyball Tournament: 

Were last years winners really the best teams to go through CACHS or not. Find out at this years CACHS Volleyball Alumni Tournament Dec (17?) & 18. Teams must consist of at least 75% alumni. Cost is $100/team. Deadline to enter a team is December 10th. Please tell those alumni not living locally. For more information or to enter you men's or women's team phone Mel Brandsma @ 403-782-1855 or Colleen VanderSchee @ 403-885-4388.

Denominational News

10 Days In The Dominican Republic

Is what can be on your January calendar! ServiceLink and Christian Reformed World Missions are offering an opportunity for you to be involved in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, without having to put a team together. Sign up on your own or with a friend and join others from across Canada and the US in a mission experience serving the Iglesia Cristiana Reformada from January 22 - 31, 2011. Application Deadline is November 24th, so sign up now at volunteer@crcna.org.

Urgent Needs With CRWRC

CRWRC is looking for volunteers who can offer a year of service to their work in Bangladesh as a Community Development & Agricultural Facilitator and in Cambodia as a Health Programming Facilitator. Both positions will focus on research and training and supporting local staff in their initiatives. For further information visit www.crcna.org/servicelink or inquire at volunteer@crcna.org

Volunteer With The CRC! 

Have you ever considered possibly volunteering with a CRC ministry? Current opportunities include a Children’s Program Assistant in Malawi and a Diaconia Director Assistant in Honduras - both with CRWRC, as well as a HIV/AIDS Prevention Educator in the Philippines and a Theological Educator in Nigeria - both with CRWM. For further information and other opportunities, please visit www.crcna.org/servicelink or contact us at volunteer@crcna.org

Socially Networking the CRC

Have you ever said "I wonder how other churches do this?" Well, now you can find out. In February, the CRC launched The Network - a pioneering effort to connect churches and individuals about ministry. Since then, we've seen thousands of posts across 50 different areas of local church ministry. People are asking questions, comparing notes, and helping each other. Join us at www.crcna.org/Network where you can browse the discussion and sign up for email alerts by topic.

The Persecuted Church


Officials invaded kindergarten classes in the Southern provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan, China on November 7th. All three schools raided are under the leadership of Sun Haiping, who is the wife of formerly imprisoned house-church pastor Wang Dao. Sun is also part of the Chinese delegation currently in Washington D.C., which focuses on issues of democracy and religious freedom. During the raids, officials questioned teachers and children concerning where Sun was and what her purpose was for traveling to the United States. They also asked if the school owned Bibles or distributed them to students. Sun said of the incidents: "If this was a normal school inspection, the Public Security Bureau would not have been there, and it would have been led by the Education Bureau. The schools are at risk of being shut down." Please pray that Sun Haiping and her husband, Wang Dao, will stay strong and faithful. Pray that the children in these schools will be able to continue receiving quality education from equipped and dedicated teachers. Pray for significant and lasting advances in religious freedom in China.

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